This is my first ever post and it's really to connect with like for like people and to get some advice, hints and tips maybe.
I was diagnosed last week with inflammatory arthritis and am awaiting a consultation with the nurse specialist to start treatment; hydroxychloroquine and either methotrexate or sulfasalazine to be discussed.
However I am only 22 years old and a student nurse myself, unfortunately I started placement 2 days after my diagnosis, therefore I'm untreated and working 13 hours shifts 2/3 days in a row and am suffering.
My symptoms have become gradual over the last 8 months but the biggest deterioration has been in the last 2 months, I know because I've had a few break downs, such as realising that at 22 my arthritis was reducing the mobility in my shoulder to the point I couldn't lift it enough to brush and put my hair in a ponytail... at 22. I'm coping now but working on the wards means I don't have the time to effectively pain manage and I was looking for any help, suggestions, some advice and maybe a little hope (because I think I'm struggling at the moment) about coping with these shifts whilst I'm untreated. My next concern is that when I do start treatment I've heard that can make you unwell to begin with... is it realistic to think ill still be able to continue placement?
Sorry for the long post and I hope i'm doing this right XD
Thank-you in advance